Breaking the Gender Barrier in Engineering

Dec 22, 2016

By Joseph J. Helble

Consider this: In a nation that will need 1.7 million more engineering and computing professionals in less than a decade, U.S. universities and colleges this year awarded less than 20 percent of engineering bachelors degrees to women.

That equation won’t work.

Gender equality in engineering programs should be the standard, not the exception. Those of us responsible for producing those 1.7 million engineers and computer scientists need to see gender equality as more than just an interesting statistic. At Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, and at more and more of our peer schools, our approach to gender parity is a critical measurement we use to evaluate the success of our program.


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  • @OP – Consider this: In a nation that will need 1.7 million more engineering and computing professionals in less than a decade, U.S. universities and colleges this year awarded less than 20 percent of engineering bachelors degrees to women.
    Gender equality in engineering programs should be the standard, not the exception.
    Those of us responsible for producing those 1.7 million engineers and computer scientists need to see gender equality as more than just an interesting statistic.

    Perhaps the subject of gender aptitude related to brain development of the male and female brains, would be a better basis for a reasoned approach, rather than the mindless application of false equivalence percentage quotas in “one-size-fits-all” ideological figures!

    At Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering, and at more and more of our peer schools, our approach to gender parity is a critical measurement we use to evaluate the success of our program.

    Or perhaps some of the “peer-schools” are far better at conducting actual competent aptitude and ability evaluations, than those presenting their “politically correct” quota based ignorance, as an evaluation and assessment method of engineering capability!

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4129348/

    Male and female brains show anatomical, functional and biochemical differences throughout life.
    Many factors are involved in this differentiation; physiological factors along with social norms, is another factor, that brings changes.
    Males outperform females in tests of visual-spatial ability, and mathematical reasoning, whereas females do better in memory and language use [10].
    Moreover, females have different mental skills at different phases of the menstrual cycle

    There will always be variations in the intake numbers qualifying for starting aptitude based courses, and in the the numbers who finally qualify as competent, regardless of “politically correct” ideologies which try to pervert the results!

    Unfortunately when it comes to gender issues in the popular media, many of their writers (posing as informative sources), fail at the first hurdle of basic education in biology – way below the level of study of the neuroscience of embryonic and subsequent brain development!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-38518943

    The Washington Post Express has apologised for an “embarrassing” mix-up on its front cover.

    Leading with an article about a 150,000 strong women’s rights march, the Express accidentally used a male symbol instead of a female symbol.

    Social media users were quick to spot the mistake.



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